Health Foundation Awards $12,500 to Nursing Students

The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, the fundraising entity of Mid-Columbia Medical Center, recently awarded scholarships to 17 nursing students from around the Gorge.

The Nursing Scholarship Committee is comprised of Celeste Hill-Thomas, MCMC’s Executive Director of Outreach, Communication and Health Foundation; Chief Nursing Officer Donald Wenzler; Health Foundation board member Amy Sugg; retired nurse and former board member Pam Clausen; and community members Brook Remington and Paul Halliday.

In total, $12,500 was awarded with scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,500 to the following students: Jessy Adams, Holly Flory, Jeremy Fogle, Charles Gillingham, Guillermo Heredia, Christie Hessler, Robin Jackson, Karen Jesch, Diana Lachino Pinon, Briana Magana, Jessika Nanez, Shana Pepper, Deidra Sabedra, Jaime Sullivan, Andrea Walker, Emma Weir and Jessica Ziemer.

The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation offers several scholarships including the Non-Traditional Nursing Student Scholarship in honor of Pam Clausen, the Evelyn Kaser Nursing Scholarship in memory of Evelyn Kaser, and the Lorna & Joseph Halliday Family Nursing Scholarship in memory of long-time nurse Lorna Halliday and her husband Joseph.

“Donors make these scholarships possible,” said Hill-Thomas. “Our mission is to provide access to quality healthcare for our community. Investing in the education of nursing students is one of the many ways we do that.”

Applications for scholarships are due in July with awards each fall. For more information on scholarships through the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, please call 541-296-7275 or visit